Bleigiessen

Last week, my Trailing Spouses group participated in Bleigiessen, a European practice of pouring hot metal into water and interpreting the various shapes. It’s very much in line with the German obsession with lighting things on fire. It’s also a New Year’s tradition that I didn’t learn about until well after the New Year had passed, so I’m hoping it’s not subject to the same superstitions as the dreaded German “Happy Birthday”.

The world's least-likely group of drug users meets up and tries to decide whether it's bad if the spoon gets burned.

The world’s least-likely group of drug users meets up and tries to decide whether it’s bad if the spoon gets burned. If either ‘Weeds’ or ‘Breaking Bad’ were about heroin, I might have been better prepared.

Mine was the first to melt, and when I dropped it into water, it turned into a mouse!

He even has four little feet!

He even has four little feet.

Interests include photography and very short walks across the kitchen table.

Interests include photography and very short walks across the kitchen table.

Unfortunately, if your metal is in the shape of a mouse, then it means you have a secret love…

We share the same not-so-secret love of chocolate.

We share the same not-so-secret love of chocolate.

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3 responses to “Bleigiessen

  1. It was fun! I didn’t realize that it’s popular in a lot of European cultures (not just in Germany). People even use this method to make jewelry.

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